City centre art house cinema due to open late autumn

Sheffield’s latest cinema is due to open late autumn.

A former bank in George Street, between High Street and Norfolk Street, has now been bought by the Curzon Group so it can be turned into a four-screen cinema specialising in art house films.

“We are still on schedule to go on site in the next month,” said Rob Kenny, director of cinema development.

An initial priority is to ensure the foundations are strong enough to take a lift to all three floors of the old Sheffield Banking Company.

Details of a £2.5m scheme to insert four small auditoria into the ornate listed building, with a roof terrace where films can be screened in the open air in summer, were approved by the council last March.

“We have used the time to get all the designs in place, down to the seats in the auditoria and the chairs in the bar,” said Mr Kenny.

The Sheffield Curzon will join a chain.

*A nine-screen multiplex on The Moor, part of The Light group, is due to open around Easter 2016.